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Battle of the Bulge (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 19 January 1966 (France)
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A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II.

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Ken Annakin
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Lt. Col. Dan Kiley
Robert Shaw ... Col. Hessler
Robert Ryan ... Gen. Grey
Dana Andrews ... Col. Pritchard
George Montgomery ... Sgt. Duquesne
Ty Hardin ... Lt. Schumacher
Pier Angeli ... Louise
Barbara Werle ... Elena
Charles Bronson ... Wolenski
Hans Christian Blech ... Conrad
Werner Peters ... Gen. Kohler
James MacArthur ... Lt. Weaver
Karl-Otto Alberty ... Von Diepel (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Telly Savalas ... Sgt. Guffy
Steve Rowland ... Eddy
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Storyline

In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. "The Battle of the Bulge" shows this conflict from the perspective of an American intelligence officer as well as from a German Panzer Commander. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Drama | History | War

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Trivia

This film was shot in Ultra Panavision for showing in Cinerama venues. See more »

Goofs

When the Fallschirmj√§ger first jump out of the plane, there is one paratrooper with a white parachute, the rest are black. When they reach the ground, all of the parachutes are white. See more »

Quotes

Col. Martin Hessler: I did not lose a war to die in the back seat of a car.
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Alternate Versions

The Warner Brothers DVD released on 3 May 2005, restores all of the missing scenes as well as a fifth scene featuring James MacArthur and George Montgomery. The disc runs only a few seconds short of 170 minutes. The film is also presented in the correct 2.75:1 aspect ratio, not the 2.20:1 ratio which TV and Laserdisc versions were framed at. See more »

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Referenced in Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino 2003 (2003) See more »

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Der Panzerlied
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Written by Kurt Wiehle
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Good movie, if you ignore the title
16 October 2005 | by Baron-von-BrunkSee all my reviews

Let's pretend this movie has nothing to do with the battle in Belgium, winter 1944. The movie is only bad if you associate it too much with the real life events, but if you focus on the amazing line-up of actors, special effects, soundtrack, and battle sequences, it becomes a very interesting and entertaining World War II movie. Although compared to more realistic war movies like Patton, this film serves no real educational value. To me it seems like a WWII fan-fiction of some sort, like a "what-if" scenario. The movie would have probably been ridiculed a lot less if it was titled something different (anything but The Battle of the Bulge), therefore people would just assume it's some sort of war sci-fi movie.

Don't let the title fool you; There's only a few things in the whole movie which actually relate to the Ardennes 1944 (i.e., the snow battles, unexpected German spearheads, General McAuliffe & the "nuts" letter, locations in Malmedy, etc.), meanwhile there's no mention of Patton's relief of Bastogne, which was the the event most people associate with the real battle of the bulge in the first place.

Check this movie out if you'd like to see something different from factual movies. It's a small break from reality, and portrayed in a seemingly fictional (but real, technically) campaign in WWII. It's also a great movie if you like all-star casts and A list actors.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 January 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,118,000
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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